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Go for Broke

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Posted: 02/02/20 09:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can I paint the TC interior?

Now, I am not saying that TC interior designers are all graduates of a penal work release program but there is a striking similarity of the institutional feel of most TC interiors. But if I am going to live in a TC for months I would like it to be a bit more homey than a holding cell.

Yes, I know I own the TC and do what I want, but are there any practical considerations of painting and other interior design techniques that are not conducive to safe operation, habitability, maintenance?

Anybody with experience with painting the interior of a TC let me know what works. Types of paint? Priming? Sanding? etc. etc.

Thanks Y’all,

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Posted: 02/02/20 10:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm fairly certain that I've actually seen/been in, more 'institutions' than you. And with that, I have to say...huh?

To clarify, holding cells aren't the first thing that come to mind when looking at even the ugliest camper. Dated perhaps...but a jail cell??

lol

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Umm, a lot of campers have a wallpaper type coating, not sure if they’re conducive to painting, but you could always test what you want to do in an inconspicuous place.
Depends what the walls are made of I suppose

Our 2003 camper looks like a nice kitchen out of the late 80s. Cabinets are nice but really dated. If I actually had the time and inclination ive thought about painting and then partially sanding the cabinets to look like a distressed or farmhouse style.
There are also solid color stain looking paints that look like wood grain. Could turn your oak into cherry or redwood or some other hue.
Flooring goes a long way. Presume the camper isn’t real new?
Lose the cheap look linoleum for some nice wood grain snap together floating flooring.
That stuff is pretty durable. I slapped some down in our mudflow as a temporary solution and that was 5 years ago of probably 50 trips a day people and dogs through the laundry room. And it looks new still save for a couple scratches.


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We've repainted all of our inside walls except for the bathroom. Just recently when we replaced the dinette with a sofa my wife repainted the sofa and kitchen areas. We just used leftover interior house paint we had sitting around.

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Mote wrote:

We've repainted all of our inside walls except for the bathroom. Just recently when we replaced the dinette with a sofa my wife repainted the sofa and kitchen areas. We just used leftover interior house paint we had sitting around.


This is the correct answer...Seen quite a few done this way..


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It will looks cheap IMHO.
Technically if you want to paint wallpaper or wood lacquer, you need high-end primer. Paint after doesn't really matter.





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I think you want to use a primer like this:

Kilz

and then it will paint nicely.

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Might want to PM RamblinAnne who completely re-did the inside of her Bigfoot 10.6 with white paint,if memory serves me..Looked awesome.

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Go for Broke wrote:

Can I paint the TC interior?


I don't know, can you?


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Sand, Primer, Paint.

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